Minutes of Wingham Chamber of Commerce, meeting on
22nd June 2016 at the Australian Hotel
Meeting opened 6.30pm
Present: Donna Carrier, Grahame Nash, Nathan Cooper, Liz Jarvis, Kristian Guppy, Kerrie Guppy, Col Butcher, Eric Richardson
Apologies:  Judy & Steve Wills (in Iceland)
Minute taker – Kerrie Guppy
Call for Business without Notice ( to be added to agenda time permitting):
Col Butcher - Shadecloths
Liz Jarvis - Membership
Donna Carrier - AGM
Donna Carrier - Xmas Carnival
Grahame Nash - Chamber Page
Guest Speaker: NIL
Minutes of previous meeting – Moved Donna Carrier, Seconded Grahame Nash
Business arising from previous minutes   Nil
Correspondence IN: Letter from Helen Valentine Sponsorship for Scottish Festival - cheque to be presented tonight to Eric Richardson tonight.
Correspondence OUT:    NIL
Presidents Report: Nil to report as will be covered in General Business
Treasurers Report:    
Two Reports attached
- Wingham Chamber of Commerce Inc - Statement of Receipts and Payments Year to Date as at 22 June 2016
- Wingham Chamber of Commerce Inc - 2015-16 Paid Members
39 financials members for last year $1,160 collected last month so YTD net receipts $6,455
Cash balance $3408.82
General Business and Business without Notice:
Strategic Planning Meeting
Discussed strategic plan at last meeting due to quorum not met.
Draft media release has been prepared by Donna Carrier
Media love “human interest” stories i.e. Donna’s chef qualified rather than straight business stories
Set another date for strategic planning meeting not as part of normal meeting before AGM occurs, Wed 20th July 2016 at 6pm to 6.30pm at The Australian Hotel Dining Room. Special invitation to email list past and current members. Invite to be sent ASAP and include SWOT updated in May 2016 and previous Strategic plan as attachments.
Simple website is underway outlining what we do, spot for photos for visitors, photos of committee members, links to members own websites; if no website, state no website available; links to Manning Valley Chamber; Events in town - “we actively sponsor” list events; link to Wingham Chronicle website
Very little copy but more links to other websites
Future - blogs from members
For example guided tours by Museum will be on linked Museum website
Discussed possible link to content of Wingham Chronicle Chamber Commerce - advertorial pages.
Discussion took place re our chamber page not being on the internet
Action: Liz Jarvis to contact Sam Browning journalist at Wingham Chronicle re ability to link and future pages under new structure Fairfax.
Wingham Chronicle Chamber Page
As above (covered partly by Website)
Granty’s due to be on Wingham Chronicle Chamber
Well Creative - requested wait until new building
Grahame Nash - due also as busy last time
Bellbird Bed and Breakfast will be a new member (once Grahame sends invoice and they pay)
Col contacted people in Port Macquarie. All shade cloths went to Sydney to a company called ABC Products. Col has made numerous calls but may be a possibility that they have destroyed them. Col will request evidence if they have been destroyed and some compensation. If they are still there, someone will need to pick up from Sydney.
Action: Donna will find in minutes if Peter said he would pick them up. Col will continue to follow up with ABC Products.
Xmas Carnival
Event has been registered with Council. Formal approval still pending from Council.
Thursday 8th or 15th December.
school kids carols, preschool, kid activities, dancing, high school rock band - need to consider noise of carnival
aim to get more people to support businesses in the street
more activities after marching band
in next chamber spread, anyone interested to come to next committee meeting
last year people were restless waiting for Santa, gaps between hams
Topic of Separate committee and meeting to be included in Strategic Planning meeting
Email received from Manning Valley Chamber “membership due”
Liz spoke to Heidi at Taree about what they do. Once someone responds - send pack & invoice via email - send back money - then receive a welcome
Agreed to adopt the same.
Action: Liz Jarvis to organise same kit/invoice process (liaise with Grahame Nash re invoicing)
Kerrie shared feedback from Brook re reasons not able to make evening meetings as she works at that time. She suggested breakfast sessions too. Set menu.
Kristian shared that Forster have black tie formal dinner that he heard advertised on radio
Eric informed that Scottish Festival will be first weekend 2-3-4 June in 2017 as clashed with another Scottish event.
Eric & Col left at 7.40pm.
Midcoast Water grants available for Community Grants close 30th June 2016. Decided to apply for murals if Donna has time.
Will be in held in August.
To be discussed at Strategic Meeting.
Meeting Closed: 7.50pm
Next Meeting:  27th July 2016
NOTE: Special Strategic Meeting 20th July 2016


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